Pakokku - Discovering the Quiet and Traditional Town in Myanmar
by Blake Johnson May 31, 2017
The next destination for tourists on the west of the Irrawaddy River is a quiet and traditional town, Pakokku. It is located about 25 kilometers to the north of Bagan and now connected by a new rail bridge. This friendly town is well-known for tobacco and thanakha. Currently, Pakokku plays an important role as a business center for the Chindwin and Yaw River valleys. Besides, Pakokku is also a noticeable Buddhist center with more than eighty monasteries. In this post, we would just like to recommend you several attractive sites in Pakokku that you should not miss out.
Pakhangyi Archaeological Museum
About 800 meters north of Pakhangnyi's remains is Pakhangyi Archaeological Museum. The ancient city Pakhangyi was built by King Mindon in 1886 with about 383 monumental buildings. Pakhangyi has the shape of a royal palace including four large halls named Shirine, Sanu, Bawga and the main hall. That’s not to say that the museum is not worth to visit; it’s full of interesting artifacts including the 19th-century wooden carvings, the 11th-century sandstone Buddhas, the old inscribed stone tablets, and some of fossils and Neolithic tools. The city walls of Pakhangyi are the greatest among the remaining city walls in Myanmar.
Pakhanngeh Kyaung (Kyaung Dawgyi)
Pakhanngeh Kyaung was used to be the largest wooden monastery in Myanmar. It is located in the east of Pakhangyi. In spite of having been destroyed, Pakhanngeh Kyaung still remains 332 teak pillars and the surrounding areas near the fork of the Irrawaddy River and Kaladan River. This is an important source for rewarding exploration.
Thi Ho Shin Pagoda
Thi Ho Shin Pagoda constructed by King Alaungsithu is one of the most pagodas in Pakokku. The pagoda contains the most revered image in Myanmar, which is presented by the King of Ceylon about 800 years ago. It is very interesting that you visit Thi Ho Shin pagoda on the festival days. The pagoda's festival is taken place at the end of May or the beginning of June. This is a typical festival for Upper Myanmar with a large country fair and traditional plays, zat pwes, puppet shows, and Lacal specialities.
Ho Pin Myanmar Traditional Cuisine
Lying on the Ku Theaina Yone road, Ho Pin Myanmar Traditional Cuisine is a wonderful place for you to enjoy Burmese food after your trip in Pakokku. The Ho Pin is proud of its "flair and care" to tourists. There's no menu, all you need is just to pick your dishes from the samples in the glass case.
From Pakokku, you can travel a little bit to the south and across the Irrawaddy River to pay a visit to the sacred temples of Bagan. Also, you can move to the east to contemplate the beauty of Inle Lake or visit the bustling city Monywa for your own wonderful cruise.
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